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10:10 AM ET, October 24, 2006


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Peter Baker / Washington Post:
Bush's New Tack Steers Clear of 'Stay the Course'  —  President Bush and his aides are annoyed that people keep misinterpreting his Iraq policy as "stay the course."  A complete distortion, they say.  "That is not a stay-the-course policy," White House press secretary Tony Snow declared yesterday.
New York Times:
Bush Abandons Phrase 'Stay the Course' on Iraq  —  The White House said Monday that President Bush was no longer using the phrase "stay the course" when speaking about the Iraq war, in a new effort to emphasize flexibility in the face of some of the bloodiest violence there since the 2003 invasion.
New York Times:
Trying to Contain the Iraq Disaster  —  No matter what President Bush says, the question is not whether America can win in Iraq.  The only question is whether the United States can extricate itself without leaving behind an unending civil war that will spread more chaos and suffering throughout …
New York Times:
Lieberman's Words on the War Show Some Shifts Over the Years
Discussion: MyDD
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:   GOP Senator Say Iraq Is Near Chaos
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Debate Madness  —  The debate was very high temperature from the get — take a look at the YouTube of Lamont supporters marching with the Kiss Float beforehand.  There were people in the debate hall who were singing and distrupting both Lieberman and Lamont, and they were evidently Lyndon LaRouchites …
Mark Pazniokas / Hartford Courant:
Cash Lieberman Spent In Primary Draws Complaint
Discussion: LamontBlog and Associated Press
Senate candidates spar in final debate
Discussion: Cold Fury
Washington Post:
Independents Favor Democrats Over Republicans  —  Poll Finds Votes Motivated by War Pessimism, Dissatisfation With GOP  —  Two weeks before midterm elections, Republicans are losing the battle for independent voters, who now strongly favor Democrats on the major issues facing the country …
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Midterm Election: Referendum on War
Polls: Democrats closer to taking Senate control  —  But polls show no evidence of a national Democratic 'tidal wave' … Today show  —  NBC News Election Unit  —  NEW YORK - Two weeks out from the midterm elections, a second round of MSNBC/McClatchy polls, conducted by Mason-Dixon in eight states …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and TIME
Warren Fiske /
New poll shows Allen with narrow lead over Webb
Dominic Kennedy / Times of London:
MoD bans TV news access to warzones  —  THE Ministry of Defence has banned Britain's biggest commercial news broadcaster from frontline access to the nation's forces, The Times has learnt.  —  In an unprecedented move that risks accusations of censorship, the Government has withdrawn co-operation …
Garrett Therolf / Los Angeles Times:
O.C. candidate defends letter scaring immigrants  —  Tan Nguyen, a Republican seeking to unseat Rep. Sanchez, says he won't quit the race despite mounting pressure.  —  At a chaotic sidewalk news conference Sunday, Orange County congressional candidate Tan Nguyen defended a letter …
Los Angeles Times:
Candidate reportedly bought voter list for controversial letter
Discussion: Election Law
Judd / Think Progress:
Bush says he uses "the Google."  —  Watch it:  —  Digg It!  —  Transcript:
Jenny Hope / Daily Mail:
Men who use mobile phones face increased risk of infertility  —  Men who use mobile phones could be risking their fertility, warn researchers.  —  A new study shows a worrying link between poor sperm and the number of hours a day that a man uses his mobile phone.
Women Scarcer On Evening News  —  B&C Contributing Editor Andrew Tyndall analyzed the first six weeks of Katie Couric's tenure atop the CBS Evening News and found that woman have gotten fewer assignments.  —  When former Today host Katie Couric arrived at the anchor chair of the CBS Evening News …
Discussion: TVNewser
Associated Press:
Wyo. opponent says incumbent made threat  —  CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Thomas Rankin, the Libertarian running for Wyoming's lone U.S. House seat, said Rep. Barbara Cubin, R-Wyo., threatened to slap him after a televised debate.  —  During a debate Sunday that also included Democrat Gary Trauner …
Discussion: MyDD
Jules Crittenden / Boston Herald:
NYT-ea culpa: Times mouthpiece acknowledges error  —  What do you call it when the ombudsman of the New York Times admits he made a mistake?  —  A good start.  —  New York Times ombudsman Byron Calame has initiated what we can only hope will be a trend in America's holier-than-thou media …
Opinion Journal:
The Don't Show Me State  —  The liberal assault on voter ID laws.  —  People in the good state of Missouri need photo identification to cash a check, board a plane or apply for food stamps.  But the state Supreme Court has ruled that a photo ID requirement to vote is too great a burden on the elderly and the poor.
Discussion: protein wisdom
Life Style Extra:
Peace activist jailed for attack on singer  —  A smirking peace activist who left a rising rock star fighting for his life after a row over his girlfriend was jailed for eight months today.  —  Christiaan Briggs, 30, attacked 19-year-old singer Billy Leeson and left him in a coma …
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Democrats Urge Their Flush Candidates to Share the Wealth  —  The balance in the campaign account of Representative Martin T. Meehan, Democrat of Massachusetts, is $4,886,325.  It is a muscular sum for a member of the House, and ordinarily it would be hailed as an exhibit of fund-raising savvy.
Joel Lang / Hartford Courant:
Poll: War Evens Up Race In 4th District  —  The race between incumbent Republican Chris Shays and Democrat Diane Farrell for Connecticut's 4th Congressional District is now tied and is being driven more than ever by the war in Iraq, according to a new poll commissioned by The Courant.
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U.S. Rank on Press Freedom Slides Lower
Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
Michael J. Fox Records TV Ad for Cardin
Eduardo Porter / New York Times:
This Time, It's Not the Economy
Discussion: Kiko's House and First Read
Charles Hurt / Washington Times:
Some Republicans aren't sharing the wealth
Discussion: Don Surber
Ali Bubba / Alabama Liberation Front:
RNC anti-Ford ad, deconstructed
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
For a Top Democrat, Further Climb Seems Out
USA Today:
War, economy sway race
Will / Attytood:
Antonin Scalia holds you and me in contempt
 Earlier Items: 
Spending Is The Problem  —  RedState is pleased to welcome …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Poornima Gupta / Reuters:
Ford posts biggest loss in 14 years
Bill Dedman / MSNBC:
Gitmo interrogations spark battle over tactics
Islamist Websites Monitor No. 12
Tom Heneghan / Reuters:
European Muslims worry about frank new Islam debate
Dean Barnett / Hugh Hewitt's TownHall Blog:
Spanning the Web
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Olbermann's Special Comment on GOP Fearmongering
Discussion: MSNBC and Jesus' General
Milton R. Copulos / Washington Times:
A Jim Webb fib?